Source: Dairyherd Network
Livestock producers, Extension educators, and agribusiness professionals from around the Midwest interested in improving forages and pasture productivity should attend the Heart of America Grazing Conference Jan. 20-21.
The conference will be at the Clarion Hotel, 2480 Jonathan Moore Pike, Columbus, Ind. The conference, now in its 13th year, rotates among Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Ohio and features speakers from many states.
Jason Tower, Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center superintendent, said the conference will highlight improved grazing...Read More
William Sexten, a state beef specialist with MU Extension, received a NCR-SARE Research and Education grant to develop a grazing-wedge program at the University of Missouri. Read more about the grazing wedge program and Sexten's work below.
Source: Missouri Farmer Today, Benjamin Herrold
A light rain fell on the rolling hills of Denny Pogue’s pastures on his Phelps County farm. Pogue eased his pickup out across the pasture, checking his first-calf heifers.
It was a gray November day. Pogue, who has a herd of about 85 cows, noted the grass was greener than normal for this time of year,...Read More
The story below features SARE-supported work conducted by William Sexten and a group of researchers and Extension specialists at the University of Missouri. Their findings suggest that delayed grazing can help both cows and pastures, and they recommend delaying turning herds onto pasture until at least a 5-inch growth shows.
Story by: Justin Sexten and Robert Kallenbach
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Turning cow herds out to graze pastures at the first sign of green grass harms forage growth later in the season. But there’s another big reason to wait, says a University of Missouri beef...Read More
Source: Edible Madison, Vanessa Herald
This story features NCR-SARE grant recipient, Julie Engel, and her Coney Garth rabbits. With her SARE project, Engel developed a system for raising rabbits on pasture and built handling equipment that consistently and efficiently herds her rabbit does in a stress-free manner.
“The rabbits and the project have stretched me way beyond where...Read More
The Traverse Bay Economic Development Corporation and Michigan Good Food Charter are working to develop local food production and distribution systems to source 20% of the food for the Traverse City area within a 100-mile radius by 2020. The plan also states the meat portion of supply should be pasture-based. According to Jason Rowntree, Assistant Professor, Beef Cattle and Forage Utilization at Michigan State University, to achieve this pasture-based livestock supply, producer and culinary education must be greatly enhanced. This story features Rowntree's NCR-SARE Research and Education project,...Read More
Folks with an interest in grassfed beef production are invited to attend a pasture walk and workshop at the Jane and Joe Jewett farm near Palisade, MN on Monday, October 22 from 9:30am-2:30pm.
Jane Jewett has an NCR-SARE Farmer-Rancher grant to document finishing weights and time to finish for grassfed beef steers. Three other farmers in Minnesota are cooperating on this project, and preliminary results will be presented. Betsy Weiland, Minnesota SARE co-coordinator, will present information about the SARE grant programs.
Scott Kittleson from the Aitkin NRCS...Read More
An NCR-SARE project in Missouri is teaching pasture budgeting techniques designed to match beef cattle nutrient requirements to the forage system while strategically managing input costs, pasture quality, and carrying capacity. As part of the project, four core beef producer groups are being developed in cooperation with state and regional Extension specialists. This news feature highlights the first meeting of the North Missouri Grazing Group at Jonnie Hubach’s farm, located in northeastern Andrew County.
To read more about the related NCR-SARE Research and Education project,...Read More